Dinkel’s for the Holidays

Wednesday was National Cookie Day, and what better way to celebrate than a tour of one of my favorite bakeries? The bakery contains a blend of antique (though functional) ovens and modern power mixers, cookie cutters and computerized cake templates. The baking begins early morning, but the signs of impending industry were everywhere. Racks of freshly baked cookies and stollen were scattered throughout, a constant temptation. Check it out:

Since 1922, the Dinkel family has been the place for stollen, gingerbread, strudel. They recently added a cafe and now it’s also a great spot for lunch. The spinach artichoke melt is a great vegetarian choice, and I especially like that their tuna salad is made with dill. Yum. If you’re in the neighborhood, pop in for a satisfying sandwich.

I was there for the cookies, and the selection is stellar — a box of butter cookies is not to be missed for the holidays. I like to expand the selection to include pfeffernüsse, cinnamon star cookies, and as many sugar cookies as possible. Add a hot chocolate and the party is complete.

If you can’t squeeze Dinkel’s (3329 N Lincoln Avenue) into your busy schedule, they take online orders, make business deliveries, and will be at Christkindlmarket through December 24.

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